Republicans For Gay Marriage Are Actually Our Enemies!

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No, I swear!

Some Repubs have been sending out messages as mixed as the fabrics they wear.

This heated message just came in from journalist Andy Humm, who sent it as a letter to the Times:

"The conservative high rollers, including Mayor Bloomberg, who have now decided it is OK for gay couples to get married in New York are the same ones who ...

"... have elected Republican-dominated anti-gay, anti-union, anti-women legislatures across the country that are cutting billions to social services including for AIDS drugs programs and to homeless gay and transgendered youth among many others --

"Not to mention blocking laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination in jobs, housing and public accommodations.

"As a longtime gay activist, I do not welcome their blood money.

"What profit to us if we gain marriage licenses (which NY gay couples already get in CT anyway) and lose everything else we are working for?"

It's so true.

Do you accept a handout someone's giving you while knifing you in the back with the other hand?

Discuss.


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corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

Oh, take their money and tell them to their faces you think their other anti gay policies stink. Repeat.

Pietro
Pietro

One thing is very true: The Republicans will fuck you in the end. 

shelley fabares
shelley fabares

I knew someone in fundraising who said, "The only thing wrong with tainted money is that taint enough of it."  Applies here.

Joseph
Joseph

I understand Mr. Humm's disappointment with Republicans that claim to support gay rights, but merely turn a blind eye to the realities of an unequal society. With that said, such blanket statements are neither fair nor productive. 

In fact, perhaps a review of contemporary LGBT legislative history would have better informed Mr. Humm's highly dramatized characterization of Republican policymakers that support LGBT rights: 1. The Sexual Orientation Nondiscrimination Act was passed by a Republican-controlled State Senate and signed into law by a Republican governor, George Pataki, in 2002. 2. Democrats in the New York State Senate were equally guilty for the failure to move the bill on marriage equality in the Chamber this past year. Of course no Republicans in the Senate supported the bill (the Assembly did have GOP support); however, perhaps if the LGBT community stood with them and supported them this would have been different. 3. A Republican controlled Senate passed, and a Republican governor signed, legislation regarding burial rights for same-sex couples in the State.4. A Republican controlled Senate passed, and a Republican governor signed, legislation making New York State's colleges safer for LGBT students with regards to raising awareness about hate crimes. 5. In 2001, a Republican Majority Leader in the Senate, Joe Bruno, extended health benefits to domestic partners for State Senate employees (granted this was a number of years after the original Cuomo directive in 1994). Further, what about all of the Democrats that have been promising support for LGBT civil rights since the 1980s when the community first presented its "planks" at the Democratic National Convention? The reality is that we need to acknowledge that both sides of the aisle have failed to be on the right side of history. Today, now more than ever, we need to hold elected officials accountable for their promises to our community. Further, we can no longer be afraid to make friends on both sides of the aisle; as a community, we need to meet with Republicans and Democrats to solicit bipartisan support. If we fail to cultivate support on both sides of the aisle, we will remain beholden to a party that doesn't mind accepting our political contributions, but when it comes time to vote they often collapse to legislative power brokers. Mr. Humm's harsh words will not benefit our cause, they will only act to further ostracize those Republicans that may support our cause. LGBT rights are not Democratic planks; LGBT rights are human rights that transcend party politics and find refuge in both political parties. It is our obligation to host a dialogue, not vitriol attacks that fail to move the policymaking process forward. 

Andy Humm
Andy Humm

In every case cited above, 90% or more of the votes came from Democrats. Now there is very little excuse for being a Democrat... and NONE for being a Republican. The Republican Party has been on the record opposed to any rights on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity of expression for decades. Yes, a few Republican legislators have stuck their necks out and have helped put some legislation over the top both in some state legislatures and in Congress. But with Republicans in control of the House now their thrust is to turn back the clock and even stop the final repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The House is defending the indefensible Defense of Marriage Act. It is sad that the US Republican Party hasn't learned to modernize the way some European conservative parties have. But the Republicans here are being held hostage to the religious right and it ain't pretty.  

Tom Mullen, San Diego
Tom Mullen, San Diego

Humm is very unrealistic, and short-sighted to say the least.  We need all the support we can get, and who cares whom Bloomberg as supported now or in the past - that it completely irrelevant to the demands of today.   

David R. Vallejo
David R. Vallejo

 I actually think marriage should be considered a religious union, separate from the state.  I think there would be more freedom if the state couldn't dictate who has the right to marry.  I also think that it's unfortunate that anyone expect a handout because of their marital status.  It's unfair for those who either can't get married or choose to not marry.  

TheMissesHelp
TheMissesHelp

Yes, these are the same guys that were voted in for 'fiscal change', first targeting defunding planned parenthood, now moving towards controlling whether insurance companies can cover abortion or not (more here:http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap..., Rep..they're both liars. Time for the Independent Party or Libertarian Party to step in. Ron Paul 2012!

Tim in SF
Tim in SF

Wait... what? You think Ron Paul or the libertarians would be better on gay issues than Democrats? Really? 

Tim in SF
Tim in SF

"Do you accept a handout someone's giving you while knifing you in the back with the other hand?"

I don't, but the HRC surely will. Those fuckers at HRC supported Joe Lieberman over pro-gay, progressive Ned Lamont in the 2006 CT Senate primary. 

Paul
Paul

Not to sound cynical, but it looks like we are going to get stabbed in the back no matter what we do. Like Livlong said, take the money and give it to the organizations that can really use it. 

Livlong
Livlong

 Well, why not just take the money, support or whatever and use it for our purposes?

Wilton
Wilton

 This could happen even with Democrats. Some of them are for gay rights but not even for gay marriage!

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